ATC Minimum Requirements

1. General Information
2. Important Information
3. Examination Guidelines

4. Controller Ratings Competencies
4.1 Tower Trainee (S1)
4.2 Tower Controller (S2)
4.3 
TMA Controller (S3)
4.4 Enroute Controller (C1)
4.5 
Senior Controller (C3)
5.
Fast Track Upgrade for REAL ATC and Airline Pilots
6. 
Transfer from other networks
6.1 
Transfer from IVAO
6.2
Transfer from other networks than IVAO


1. GENERAL INFORMATION

This page gives you an overview of all rating and examination related topics.

The respective rating requirements are primary guided by VATSIM’s GlobalRating Policy (GRP). FastTrack and Transfers from other networks and examinations are regulated by VATEUD’s policy below.

Local vACCs are allowed to setup their own policies which have to fulfill the GRP and VATEUD’s requirements and which must not contradict to these ones.

In order to start the ATC training, trainees have to be registered with VATEUD and be signed up at a vACC. In order to see which vACC is responsible for the area in question, please check the counties page.

 

2. IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Upgrade requests can only be done by the local vACC ATC Training Department.

Before this department can issue a recommendation for the rating Student 2 (Tower Controller) or above, the trainee has to pass the theoretical ATSimTest and a practical examination.

For the Student rating (S1) the trainee does not have to pass a practical examination, since this rating is a direct entry level that has no associated competencies. Nevertheless passing the ATSimTest for this rating is needed for the upgrade.

The theoretical test on ATSimTest has to be passed before the practical examination can take place.

 

3. EXAMINATION GUIDELINES

Since each vACC in VATEUD has its own and most time different examination guidelines, VATEUD introduces the following guidelines which shall lead to a better examination standardization within the division.

  1. Each examination shall focus on the respective ATC rating competencies which are described within the GRP.

  2. The examination can be performed either on a simulated area (e.g. Sweatbox) or in an online environment.

  3. The examination should have duration of minimum 60 minutes and shall 90 minutes not exceed.

  4. Examiners can ask other stations or pilots to perform certain procedures in order to create a situation which leads to the possibility to graduate competencies which wouldn’t be possible without taking that influence.>

  5. Examiners are not allowed to take deliberately influence on other stations or pilots if this leads to predictable intractable situations or conflicts for the trainee.

  6. Examiners shall guard the trainee from unnecessary, unrealistic and exceeded abnormal procedures by pilots. The trainee has the right to deny such procedures in consultation with the examiner. This cannot be marked negative by the examiners, if the success of the examination would be threatened by accepting these procedures at a high traffic density.

  7. Examiners are allowed to cancel the examination if it is obvious that the trainee cannot handle the traffic save anymore and that he cannot pass the examination anymore.

  8. Examiners can question the trainee after the session if certain competencies could not be examined practical due to missing requests / traffic (e.g. IFR pickup).

  9. After each examination a debriefing with the trainee shall take place.

  10. The VATEUD examination log has to be filled out for documentation after each examination. When issuing a recommendation for rating upgrade the examination log has to be uploaded to ATSimTest.

 

4. CONTROLLER RATING COMPETENCIES

For the respective competencies for each rating see the Global Rating Policy, Appendix A.

The following rating description is an extract from the GRP, number 1. 

 

4.1 Tower Trainee (S1)

This rating does not cover any particular competencies. A member can use this rating to control no higher than Tower (TWR) subject to local restrictions. 

 

4.2 Tower Controller (S2)

This rating includes all airport DEL, GND and TWR control services, except at a tower that provides procedural approach services […].

 

4.3 Approach and Departure (TMA) Controller (S3)

This rating includes APP and DEP control services associated with a particular airport/area. 


4.4 Enroute Controller (Controller) (C1)

This rating is for all Enroute CTR sectors; both radar and non-radar control services.

 

4.5 Senior Controller (C3)

A Senior Controller (C3) rating may be awarded to a controller already certified to provide the six (6) standard VATSIM controller services described above AND who also provides other services NOT related to a control role covered by the ratings for: DEL, GND, TWR, APP, DEP or CTR. The rating of Senior Controller (C3) may be awarded by any VATSIM Division to give recognition of seniority, performance or any additional role beyond that of a normal Controller (C1) as determined by the local Region/Division.

VATEUD Requirements:
All members holding a C1 rating are eligible to apply for a promotion to C3 rating based on the following criteria.
The member … 

  • is C1 rated for at least one year,
  • must have completed 500 hours as a C1 on any ATC position,
  • must have served 75 hours as active ATC within the last 12 months,
  • is recommended for promotion by a vACC Director,
  • spent 20 hours as a mentor in a C1 position (acknowledged by vACC Director),
  • can prove that he/she has made a positive contribution to the development/promotion of student controllers in VATEUD,
  • has successfully passed a CPT (to be determined by at least two examiners, with at least one divisional examiner and at least one local examiner). 

 

The appertaining Controller Practical Test (CPT) will focus on the following: 

  • Ability to service multiple airports/positions
  • Ability to handle IFR and VFR flights sharing the same airspace
  • Ability to handle abnormal situations 
  • Steady traffic-flow 
  • Traffic awareness 
  • Keeping “the big picture” 
  • Ability to coordinate with adjacent controllers 
  • Ability to use correct phraseology in English

 

The Controller Practical Test (CPT) must be conducted on a CTR. The Controller Practical Test (CPT) shall be conducted in VATSIM online environment. 

If a local vACC Training Department is unable to arrange the CPT within a reasonable timeframe, the member can request VATEUD to step in and to conduct the CPT at a randomly chosen position which is known by the trainee. The divisional examiner’s evaluation will be final.


5. FAST TRACK UPGRADE

Available for Real Life Air Traffic Controllers and Commercial and Airline Pilots.

NEED TO CONTACT VATEUD TRAINING DIRECTOR (VATEUD4)

This program is applicable for real life Air Traffic Controllers and pilots holding Commercial Pilot or Airline Pilot License aiming at reducing the time required for theoretical examination in ATSimTest.

In this program applicants are obliged to take the relevant ATSimTest theory test and they only have to perform one practical examination.

 Procedure:

  1. Candidate for the Fast Track program applies to his/her vACC Director or Training Manager for Fast Track program with the evidence that he/she holds a valid CP or ATP License. The best acceptable evidence is the copy of his/her License. (*) A brief resume explaining the real life aviation experience of the candidate is also required.
  2. The vACC Director or Training Manager confirms to VATEUD Training Department that the applicant is eligible for the Fast Track program.
  3. VATEUD Training Director grants candidate access to the Fast Track program.
  4. Those candidates that are not members of an official vACC, should apply to the VATEUD Training Director to be considered for inclusion in the Fast Track program.
  5. The CPT for the targeted rating (and any rating level below if deemed necessary), will be conducted by the local vACCs Training Department, as stipulated by Divisional Policy and the Global Rating Policy. The respective vACC must prove the candidate’s practical abilities for all rating levels up to and including the targeted rating, i.e. skills related to Controller Clients such as VRC or Euroscope. Practical Tests are to be conducted at the respective vACCs discretion.
    For candidates with no official vACC, the VATEUD Training Department will assume responsibility for assessing the candidate’s proficiency.
  6. Refusal of “Fast Track Upgrade” application is the discretion of VATEUD Training Department if the applicant ...
  • … fails to submit his real life licenses and/or relevant documents.
  • … proves to have bad VATSIM record.
  • … displays immature behavior.
  • … fails to understand and comply with the concepts of virtual controlling.
  • … fails to pass 3 ATSimTest theory tests.

(*) VATEUD Training Department may ask applicant to submit the copy of the License any time.

 

6. TRANSFER FROM OTHER NETWORKS

In order to encourage members from other networks and at the same time taking into consideration their virtual experience in the other network, VATEUD Training Department has implemented a standard transfer policy.

 

6.1 Transfers from IVAO

All transferring members are eligible to apply once for acceptance in the rating corresponding to their last rating held in IVAO for at least six months.

  • All IVAO members holding ACC (Center Controller)] level and above can apply for C1 Level.
  • All IVAO members holding APC (Approach Controller) level can apply for S3 level.
  • All IVAO members holding ADC (Aerodrome Controller) level can apply for S2 level.
  • Any IVAO member holding INS level or above wishing to transfer shall contact VATEUD4 directly. Since INS level is no controller rating but a functional rating a transfer shall usually take place to C1 level.

All transferring members will need to pass the relevant ATSimTest theory test for the target rating. The test can only be retaken twice after failing it.

The CPT for the targeted rating (and any rating level below if deemed necessary) will be conducted by the local vACC’s Training Department, as stipulated by Divisional Policy and the Global Rating Policy. The respective vACC must prove the candidate’s practical abilities for all rating levels up to and including the targeted rating, i.e. skills related to Controller Clients such as VRC or Euroscope. Practical Tests are to be conducted at the respective vACCs discretion.

For candidates with no official vACC, the VATEUD Training Department will assume responsibility for assessing the candidate’s proficiency.

 

In order to process a transfer application the followings are also required:

  • Recommendation or introduction from the relevant vACC Director.
  • Proof of IVAO Rating being claimed by the transferring member.

 

Refusal of transferring of the last hold rating in IVAO is at the discretion of VATEUD Training Department if the applicant...

  • … fails to submit evidence of the claimed IVAO rating.
  • … fails to meet the set rating requirements.
  • … proves to have bad VATSIM record.
  • … displays immature behavior.
  • … fails to understand and comply with the concepts of virtual controlling.
  • … fails to pass 3 consecutive tests. 

 

6.2 Transfer from other networks

 

For the time being there are no other transfer rules in force. Members transferring from other networks than IVAO are deemed to be new members and shall proceed as normal.